M9 L4 Theories of Emotions

April 7, 2016

To Do:


  1. Begin lesson 4 by reviewing the notes on Theories of Emotion. Review the information in the presentation. Once you have completed the presentation, check the button to the right of the lesson link. That will open the practice activities and the assignments and quizzes for the lesson.
  2. Complete the Theories of Emotion practice activities
  3. Complete the Theories of Emotion assignment. In this assignment you will connect the theories covered in the lesson to a visual representation. Be creative!
  4. Sometimes we need more time on certain topics. The Take Two section is optional but is a great form of review if you struggled with any concepts from the lesson. Use this section to refresh and relearn the material.


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Trial and Error is used a lot when trying to solve problems. Trial and error is when someone tries repeatedly over and over again until they have succeeded in what they were trying to do. For example, when I was younger, I played softball. I would continuously swing at the ball until I hit the ball and learned how. After I hit the ball, I would repeat what I did and always be successful. Algorithms, while they tend to be time consuming, are another way of solving problems. They are the most reliable. Algorithms are step by step procedures on how to solve the problem. They tend to be the most reliable form of problem solving. Recently, I have started to enjoy cooking. My favorite dish I have must thus far is buffalo chicken lasagna. When trying to make this, I followed the recipe to ensure it would be good. The recipe is an example of an algorithm. Heuristics are shortcuts to problem solving. While they are quick, they aren't always reliable in solving the problem correctly. There are three types of heuristics; availability heuristic, representativeness heuristic, and anchoring heuristic. An availability heuristic is estimating how probable something is based on how easily it comes to mind. For example, I believe that it is more probable that someone would die in a car accident than dying of diabetes because I have been in a bad car accident before. A representativeness heuristic is solving a problem by judging how well it fits a prototype. For example, last week on my AP Environmental Science test I changed the answer to number 5 from 'a' to 'b' because numbers 1,2,3, and 4 were 'a.' I did this because on multiple choice tests, multiple questions in a row do not normally have the same answer. An anchoring heuristic is solving a problem by judging based on a previously determined reference point. For example, when I was shopping last week, I decided to not by a shirt because it was overly priced compared to the previous shirts I bought. Insight is a type of problem solving that happens all of sudden through understanding the relationships of various parts of the problem rather through trial and error. For example, when I met my best friend's parents a few years ago, it gave me insight as to why she had the personality that she had. I understood why she was so outgoing and fun to be around because her parents were the same way
Physiology of emotion - Intro to Psychology
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Lesson 4 Directions

Pick THREE of the theories discussed in today’s lesson. DO NOT confuse theories of emotion with theories of motivation. They are different! Create a visual representation for each theory, like you would in a Pictionary game. Make sure your visuals show an understanding of and the differences between each theory. Be sure to follow each visual with a written description explaining the significance of the image(s) so there is no misunderstanding on my part.

Emotions and the Brain

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